- Aidan Gillen, Annabelle Wallis, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Charlie Hunnam, Craig McGinlay, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Freddie Fox, Geoff Bell, Jude Law, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Neil Maskell, Oliver Barker, Tom Wu, Zac Barker
- Guy Ritchie
- Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
- May 12, 2017
Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not.
Critics and Reviews
During the opening moments of Guy Ritchie’s frantic, sloppy fantasy-babble epic King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, viewers may wonder whether the theater somehow got the reels out of order. In an age of digital presentation, that shouldn’t be possible. But it’s otherwise hard to explain why the movie opens so abruptly, with an epic-scale battle that appears to be the climax either of Peter Jackson’s Return Of The King, or of a film adaptation of Shadow Of The Colossus. Full reviewTasha Robinson
English filmmaker Guy Ritchie forged his reputation for street-wise wit, macho whimsy, and quirky crime-capers with the one-two punch of Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. Then he extrapolated this vibe into rockling, action-packed pair of Sherlock Holmes-centered blockbusters, and the saucy ’60-set spy romp Man From U.N.C.L.E. But when working his signature style into the fantasy realm of Camelot, Ritchie fails spectacularly. And his dizzying mismanagement of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the only spectacular thing about it. Full reviewKristy Puchko
“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” features several nicely-crafted scenes of the legend, including the sword in the stone, Arthur wielding the famous sword, Excalibur. Even the round table is set in place near the conclusion of the movie. The shadow world Arthur enters is very vivid and stands out. It is filled with scary creatures—a giant rat, a giant bat, snake, and just about every loathsome creature one could conjure up in the dark recesses of one’s brain. It also features a great villain—Vortigern (Jude Law), the arrogant king of the ancient British Isles. He had to be rid of his good brother, Uther Pendragon (Eric Bana). But Pendragon’s son survived, and he will exact the ultimate revenge on Vortigern. Jude Law stands out as the villain king, with an undercurrent of evil always brewing just beneath his exterior. And the question should be considered: is betrayal worse when it involves a family member? Full review
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the legend of King Arthur?
King Arthur is a medieval, mythological figure who was the head of the kingdom Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table. It is not known if there was a real Arthur, though it is believed he may have been a Roman-affiliated military leader who successfully staved off a Saxon invasion during the 5th to 6th centuries.
Who wrote the original story of King Arthur?
In the popular 12th-century book “History of the Kings of Britain,” Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the first life story of Arthur, describing his magic sword Caliburn (later known as Excalibur), his trusted knight Lancelot, Queen Guinevere and the wizard Merlin.
What kind of sword was the Excalibur?
Here it is in 2004’s King Arthur: All of these except for the last are what modern martial artists would call an “arming sword;” that is, a one-handed straight-bladed long-bladed double-edged sword with a crossguard (even the King Arthur excalibur is close to an arming sword).